Marvin Harrison Jr. reflects on CJ Stroud's Peach Bowl performance, labels QB the best player in CFB
Marvin Harrison Jr. was emotional after No. 4 Ohio State lost to No. 1 Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinals. Ohio State led as high as 21 points in the second half of the Peach Bowl but was unable to maintain its consistency throughout the game.
Harrison had himself a big game against the stout defense of Georgia as he caught 5 receptions for 106 yards and 2 touchdowns. The player leading a stellar performance on the offensive side of the ball was quarterback C.J. Stroud, who completed 23-of-34 of his passes for 348 yards, 4 touchdowns, and a QBR of 93.8. Stroud also made some clutch rushing plays against the Bulldogs’ defense.
After the game, Harrison gave his praise to Stroud as the best player in college football:
“If he’s not the best player in the country right now, then I don’t know who is,” Harrison explained. “He gave it his all.”
Marvin Harrison Jr. on C.J. Stroud: "If he's not the best player in the country right now, then I don't know who is. He gave it his all."
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Unfortunately for Stroud, he did not have his star receiver for the final quarter of action. Harrison was sidelined after getting hit and sustaining a concussion as the Bulldogs outscored Ohio State 18-3 in the fourth quarter.
Stroud finished in 3rd place for the 2022 Heisman Trophy voting behind USC’s Caleb Williams and TCU’s Max Duggan. Now, we’ll see what the future holds for Stroud but he’s expected to land in the 2023 NFL Draft.
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